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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

No, Actually, It Isn't

I'm sorry, but I've got to disagree with Biloxi mayor AJ Holloway when he says, "This is our tsunami." The fact of the matter is, it isn't.

Those in India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia had minutes, if that, to react and escape. Those who stayed in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama had hours- if not days- to do the same. The difference in mortalities bears this out. If Katrina had instantaneously formed just miles outside of Mississippi, and then continued on its path northward, the results would have been much, much different.

Yet for some reason we see this behavior all the time. Even here in San Antonio, time after time, it never fails- when a heavy rain produces flash flooding you will invariably find someone looking to test the odds of driving through a low-lying area, causing our firefighters to risk life and limb to pull them out. You know when FEMA, your local law enforcement and public safety officials tell you to get the heck out of Dodge, it's not a drill. They're doing it not only to save your life, but to also protect the lives of those who will have to rescue you when it hits the fan.

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